Grant and Fiscal Sponsorship Programs

The Muste Institute supports several active grantmaking programs promoting nonviolent action for social justice in the United States and around the world. For the International Nonviolence Training Fund (INTF) application see instructions here.

Social Justice Fund

Due to administrative challenges, until further notice, the Social Justice Fund is only funding organizations and projects that are based in the United States.

The Next Social Justice Fund Application Deadline for DOMESTIC GRANT APPLICATIONS is September 21, 2020 (for December decisions)

Our Social Justice Fund makes grants for grassroots activist projects in the US and around the world, giving priority to those with small budgets and little access to more mainstream funding sources. We are especially interested in funding efforts to:

  • end the violence of borders and the criminalization of immigrants
  • abolish the death penalty, shut down the prison industrial complex, redefine criminal justice
  • confront institutionalized repression against racial, ethnic, gender-based, and LGBTQ communities
  • support progressive workers movements and the eradication of poverty
  • dismantle the war machine, end state sponsored terrorism, expose the dangers of nuclear power

Social Justice Fund Grant Guidelines

Social Justice Fund Grant Application

2020 Social Justice Fund Application Deadlines:
February 24, 2020 (for April decisions)
April 14, 2020 (for June decisions)
September 21, 2020 (for December decisions)

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International Nonviolence Training Fund (INTF)

This fund makes grants of up to $4,000 for trainings that help people learn how to collectively use the theory and practice of nonviolent action as part of ongoing campaigns or programs for social justice. Projects must be located outside the United States, or within its Native nations. 


Internship Funds

Freeman Internship Endowment
The Harrop A. and Ruth S. Freeman Peace Internship Endowment was created in 1996 by a bequest from life-long peace activists Ruth and Harrop Freeman to provide stipends to interns in the War Resisters League’s national office. The Freemans were close personal associates of A.J. Muste, and Harrop — a radical lawyer and World War II conscientious objector — was one of the founding board members of the Muste Institute. More Information.

Sara Ann Bilezikian Peace Internship Endowment
The Sara Ann Bilezikian Peace Internship Endowment was created in 2011 by a gift from Sophie and John Bilezikian in honor of their daughter's legacy of social justice action. Sara Bilezikian was a Freeman intern at the War Resisters League in 1998; she died in 2002. More Information.


Other Funds

The Muste Institute is happy to work with donors to build our existing funds or establish new ones: contact Heidi Boghosian at 212-533-4335 or [email protected] to find out how you can extend your support for nonviolent groups and projects within a convenient and flexible framework. Grants can be made to groups located anywhere in the world, whether or not they have a fiscal sponsor or tax-exempt charitable status.


Fiscal Sponsorships

Through sponsorships, the Institute  enables organizations to receive tax-deductible contributions for educational work related to peace and justice. Sponsored projects generally  do not have their own tax-exempt charitable status in the US. Some are not directly eligible for tax-exempt status because they carry out or advocate activities which do not meet Internal Revenue Service (IRS) rules for charitable tax-deductions (i.e. tax resistance, draft resistance, civil disobedience, direct action). Others don't have the time, energy or financial ability to pursue tax-exempt status, or decide the status does not provide a significant advantage in their work.
The Muste Institute can only direct sponsored grants or contributions to activities which are legal and educational, which do not violate IRS rules and which are within our stated mission. For more information contact Heidi Boghosian at 212-533-4335 or [email protected]

Sponsorship Application Guidelines